Nelson Mandala. A Hero of Our Time

I didn’t know Mandela had died until I read the tributes to him this morning. Just reading how much he was respected and loved says everything. Total homage to him.

He was dearly loved, and is an inspiration to us all.
That’s an important point, too.

Mandela Continues in Us

If we value Mandela’s impact on the world, the best thing we can do is
to try and adopt his good qualities as your own. If everyone who loves him took on even a fraction of Madiba’s qualities, the world would transform overnight.

~ from Kadampa Life, “I am the master of my fate” ~ a tribute to Nelson Mandela.

As the Idealistic Rebel says:

We need to pick up his words and ideals and carry on for him.
If all of us who believe in peace and freedom do one extra act of peace in his memory, he will never be forgotten.

~ from “The World has lost Nelson Mandela”

Mandela Quotes

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Reiki Heidi once asked on hereWhere are the people like him [MLK] today?? We still need heroes…

Maybe the answer to this question lies in Mandela’s

“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”

After all, it is within all our capabilities to develop these, don’t you think…?

Our Deepest Fear

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. 
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. 
It is our light, not our darkness
That most frightens us.

We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? 
You are a child of God.

Your playing small 
Does not serve the world. 
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking 
So that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine, 
As children do. 
We were born to make manifest 
The glory of God that is within us.

It’s not just in some of us; 
It’s in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine, 
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. 
As we’re liberated from our own fear, 
Our presence automatically liberates others.

By Marianne Williamson
(often mis-attributed to Mandela, but I’m glad he made it famous.)

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I like that they’re smiling and singing in celebration of his life,
rather than sad and mourning his death.

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Mel Smith. RIP _/\_

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Came home yesterday to the news that Mel Smith had died of a heart attack.
OMG

But he wasn’t that old!

Mel’s early death at 60 made people question their own mortality. He died in his sleep at home, which would be the majority preference if we were given the choice.
But 60 does seem a bit young.
Thinking about sad news about Mel Smith. Only 6 years older than me. Time to get on with things I want to do. Life is no rehearsal.
AJ on Twitter

Buddha said that our biggest mistake is that we think we have time.

Mel’s death seemed to resonate with people.

It was trending on Twitter yesterday, and some lovely tributes have been made.
Even the sun round here has gone in out of respect, leaving an appropriate chill in the air.

Robert Llewellyn ‏Tweeted: “Very shocked and sad to hear about lovely Mel Smith. He was a truly wonderful, funny and very kind man. Bit dazed by the news.”
and FJ replied, “Utterly heartbreaking. I’m not ashamed to say I shed tears at the news. A terribly tragic loss.”

Well, I wouldn’t go quite that far, but I did shed a few tears.
Sad news about Mel Smith. Not the Nine O’Clock News was my first ever essential comedy show, aged 9.” Like Dara O’Briain, I went to school with these comedy sketches going round my mind.

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An essential part in a golden age of British satire

Mel Smith and friends’ satiric take on topical events was intelligent and funny and lifted the heaviness of living in Thatcher’s Britain.
It offered another way of looking at things that was altogether lighter and brilliantly skewed. Much needed.

Since things change according to the way you look at them;
by consciously viewing thing in a different way, we can alter not only how they appear, but what they are to us.
This idea is valuable and worth playing with. It gives us some distance, and therefore a clearer perspective on events. Incredibly helpful.

Thank you Mel.
Our prayers are with you.
May they be guiding lights for the next stage
of your journey.

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Warning: contains dubious use of Latin word play.

Kill Procrastination ⌚ image

Kill Procrastination with a Death Meditation

Kill Procrastination with a Death Meditation

Death Meditation:

✞  I will die
✞  I don’t know when
✞  I will walk my path purely now

Epilogue to:
HAPPY NEW YEAR! * as the Old Year Dies, can contemplating our own Demise make us Happy?
and
Make the Perfect New Year’s Resolution based on an Awareness of Death

Make the Perfect New Year’s Resolution Based on an Awareness of Death

…Continued from HAPPY NEW YEAR! Buddhist Meditation on Death

Excerpt from Amitabha Centre publicity:

Death Med GKG text

As the New Year Begins ~
Make the Perfect Resolution 

Gen Chönden’s advice to “Follow the path of peaceful, positive minds” sounds like the perfect New Year’s resolution.
But for this to work we have to want that change.

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But really, do any New Year’s resolutions last longer than a week? It’s not that folk don’t want to stop procrastinating, exercise more, or to learn how to meditate.
It just doesn’t seem to happen.

My take on that is that if you’ve got time to breathe, you’ve got time to meditate. But I’m a fine one to talk, I’m a terrible procrastinator.

New Year’s Day: Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.” Mark Twain

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! * as the Old Year dies, can contemplating our own Demise make us Happy?

 Excerpt from Amitabha Centre publicity: .

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Meditating on our own Death makes us Happy 

It sounds counter-intuitive, but Buddha taught that meditating on the inevitability of our own demise is an uplifting experience. The death meditation being one of my favourites, I can definitely vouch for this.

To meditate on an idea or a course of action means to focus all of our attention on it. As Chönden said “to take it to heart“. He added that to focus our mind on our own death means to “follow the path of peaceful, positive minds.”

This is because thinking about death stops us from getting so uptight and stressed by things. It frees up space in our busy mind, so that there’s space for peace and feeling OK about life instead.

Death Meditation Analogy

For me it’s like clearing the internet browser’s cache when it gets overloaded and confused trying to deal with badly formatted and incomplete web pages. Emptying the computer’s cache is like clearing your mind from all those thoughts and worries, so it can start afresh.
And just as that makes surfing the web a lot smoother, a clear mind can relax and let go, because there’s no need to worry so much. Freeing our mind up from the daily stressors and concerns means we can “enjoy life instead of worrying about it.” Chönden

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Death course GKC

Personal experience of this on here: David Thomas on Buddhism and Looking Death Straight in the Eye

Continued here:
Make the Perfect New Year’s Resolution based on an Awareness o
f Death
and
Kill Procrastination ⌚ image

Brilliant article on Learning to meditate in 2013 from Kadampa Life 

These notes taken in Gen Chönden’s first teaching on the death meditation at Amitabha Centre, new year’s eve.
Top image from Amitabha Centre publicity, click on it to make biG

Comment below ⤵ on this classic Buddhist meditation.

Priceless Art ~ a Christmas Present

Priceless Art ~

 

A Christmas Present

Grieving lost ones at Christmas

A touching and poignant piece by Julia.
I’m dedicating it here to all those who have lost loved ones, and still feel that empty space in their lives at Christmas.

I don’t think time heals so much as helps us cope. If they left our lives awhile ago, we can think fondly of those who have passed on; they will still benefit from our positive energy directed towards them. We can offer their memory a smile.

Grief has no time limit

It’s more normal than commonly accepted to still miss loved ones years after their passing. It’s OK do this; just hold ourselves and them with a mind of loving kindness.
Grief takes as long as it does.” (Namaste Consulting Inc)

If their passing was more recent and the pain is still raw, sending them our love in the form of prayers and lights will be of mutual benefit to them and us.
When someone has just died, they are still very present in our minds. The loving energies we send to them become guiding lights on the next stage of their journey.

Be mindful of the love we have in us and all around us this holiday

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To remember the dead is to acknowledge the coexistence of pain and love.
(Tim Muldoon)

By remembering those who have gone onto pastures new with loving kindness, we are honouring their memory. As long as we feel comfortable doing this, it’s a beautiful thing to do.

Be kind to ourselves, as well. When we are in pain we are like injured children, who need to be treated gently and tenderly. Being patient with our own suffering helps it to heal. And we’ll never forget our loved ones, “Something in our minds will aways stay.” (Sting)

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Cherish those who are still in our lives now. Really be with them. Part of honouring those who have gone from our lives is treasuring the people who are still here.

The greatest gift you can offer loved ones is your true presence.” (Thich Nhat Hanh) Celebrating Christmas as you normally would, giving genuine smiles of joy – this is a real Christmas present to our loved ones.

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* Related links (underlined) are given as offerings to go with this post.
Further thoughts on this:  Death & Love, My Very Old Friends

Dr.Suess image via deep-in-the-woods on Tumblr
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Journey with Julia

Another day, another loss . . . all great love has a cost.

Please remember just to breathe, as you take this time to grieve.

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Life is our gift from God above, and He blesses it with love.

Some folks say these gifts don’t last, but God won’t rob us of our past.

These blessings that we receive come with no special guarantees.

One day here, gone tomorrow . . . one day joy, the next, great sorrow.

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You won’t see that face again?

Just close your eyes, my troubled friend.

God’s gifts will never leave your heart

your memories are your priceless art.

 

One of the few pics I have of all the Kovach kids. It’s hard to believe that Teri, Chris, and Steve have all passed on. These memories are my priceless art.

 (Pic: Teri w/arms around Joe and Brenda; Chris next to her, holding…

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Mortality Statistics

What are you likely to die of?

I don’t think you don’t have to be Buddhist to find the imminency of your own death motivating. Although Buddha did suggest it as a handy tip.
Just out of insomniac curiosity, I googled what forty-somethings in the UK generally die of.  It’s cancer, heart disease and alcohol.
I’m enclosing the link just in case you’ve got enough morbid curiosity to check out ‘your’ mortality statistics.

And a pic of Anna Nicole who was 40 years old and died of a bad combination of prescription drugs ~ all at safe doses! Wee soul, went for a nap with a cocktail of drugs and didn’t wake up. “We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep.” (Shakespeare)

I just keep hearing of folk unexpectedly dying; and apparently healthy  people getting terminal diseases.
Seems that the longer you live, the more likely you are to die.

the elephant’s footprint

In Buddhism the death meditation is described as ‘the elephant’s footprint’, because of all the meditations, it leaves the greatest impression. Some kind of death awareness is fundamental to engaging in the spiritual path. Or for just getting on with things.

If death remains an abstract intellectual idea; if we think we’re going to have lots of time to prepare for it, and that the pathetic amount of effort we’ve been putting into our spiritual practice is enough – then we’re in for a big shock.
Because yea, death is coming.
We are defo going to die, we don’t know when, and at death people tend to desperately look for something, anything to hold onto.
It’s a scary time, which we are well advised to be prepared for.

All apologies if this critique doesn’t apply to you.
It’s my blog and I’m dissing myself here. Nothing personal.

You’re all probably dedicated followers of your path, undistracted by trivialities.
When Death does tap a skeletal finger on your shoulder, you’ll be more than ready to go with him and leave everything behind.
Of course, if that doesn’t apply any more to you than it does to me, then think on my friend ~ time is running out.

Further reading on Death.
Each of these blogs have done various articles on the subject:

Kadampa life – coping with death.
Daily Lamrim – death and impermanence.
Namaste Consulting inc – tonglen for the dying,
and other death related articles. (‘tonglen’ is the compassionate practice of taking and giving)

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